Monday, 3 May 2010

Superfood or superfad?

I was reading on a forum today a question about superfoods and whether they were genuinely beneficial and thought this question was probably relevant to others.

'Superfood' is a term usually used to describe foods particularly rich in antioxidants and other phytonutrients which therefore may make them more beneficial for health than other foods. The superfood label is also used as a marketing tool by food retailers to market the 'health' product of the moment be it acai berries or pomegranate juice.

Whilst the label is sometimes used/abused for commercial reasons I think the concept is certainly useful - making sure you eat foods particularly high in antioxidants can only be beneficial given that antioxidants benefit all the bodies systems and help slow down the ageing process.

I am always wary of fad eating and wouldn't recommend consuming large amounts of the superfood of the moment. However trying to incorporate different superfoods into your diet, perhaps a different one each day, is certainly worthwhile.

The most commonly cited superfoods are listed below, most have deep/rich colours as it is the natural pigment that holds the antioxidant benefits:

Acai berry
Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale
Green or white tea
Sweet potatoes

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